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Old 5th December 2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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Hi 'Nando,

In studying your images of 'my' long-time breech chamber I cannot but repeat putting the stress on how unbelievably early this tiny piece is: its slender High-Gothic general shape, reflecting the even earlier Romanic style still rounded throughout, are clear indices of a date of origin of ca. 1440!

They should in no way be confounded with the much shorter, stouter but also round Early-Renaissance objects of ca. 1540, like the ones salvaged from the Mary Rose, or the 'Portuguese' sample in Marcus' collection.

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